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Wat Chiang Man

Intriguing and well-preserved images and sculptures from a former empire, including the important Crystal Buddha, decorate the oldest temple in the city.

Wat Chiang Man is a glorious temple with a fascinating history and an iconic golden spire. It dates back to the late 13th century, when King Mengrai decided to make Chiang Mai the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Browse the great range of ecclesiastical items here, some of which are the most important in Buddhism.

Visit the chedi, which is the main temple structure, decorated by 15 elephant carvings. Gaze up at the golden roof, which combines the styles of Lanna and Singhalese designs.

In addition to the chedi are two viharns or assembly halls. Explore the smaller of the two containing guardian images of snakes and a marble Buddha statue believed to have been created more than 1,000 years ago in Sri Lanka. See the tiny 3rd-century crystal Buddha that at one point belonged to Queen Chamathewi of Lamphun, the wife of King Mengrai. It is said to protect against disaster.

The larger viharn has a three-tiered roof with gold features. Discover one of the oldest known images of Buddha, created by the Lanna Kingdom. It was cast in 1465.

The buildings are surrounded by a landscaped garden with bushes and a variety of tree types. Enjoy the serene atmosphere in the meditation halls and relax beside the scenic lotus pond. Capture photos of the complex’s library, which has a red balcony.

Consider leaving a donation with the temple, which is otherwise free to enter. It is open to the public daily from early in the morning until early evening.

Find Wat Chiang Man in the historic district in the northern part of the city. Get a taxi from the city center past the moat to arrive here in about 25 minutes. Make side trips to nearby sights, such as the Wat Phra Singh, the Three Kings Monument and the Wat Lok Molee.


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